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small dolls attached to a tree
  • Guatemala
  • small dolls attached to a tree, circa 1989
  • Where object was made: Guatemala
  • cloth, metal, ribbon, paper, plastic, string, nylon, plant fiber, weaving, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 42 x 33.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/2 x 13 3/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6356

The triangular metal tree form is wrapped with green ribbon, resembling a Christmas tree. It is covered with rows of small dolls with embroidered faces and paper arms, each wearing traditional Guatemalan dress including a headwrap. The dolls along the edges are holding small gold colored plastic balls. The middle figure on the second row is holding a small basket with a large red fruit. The figures second from the outside on either end of the third row are each holding large wooden forks. The figures second from the outside on either side of the second from the bottom row each hold a small basket with two small dolls ('worry people") inside. The middle figure on the same row is holding a broom. Two figures on the bottom row are holding a wooden rolling pin and two figures are holding a large pestle-like object. Two figures in the trunk are also holding small baskets, though they are empty.